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Summer of Play

This summer, enjoy Hardwick’s top tier Orchard of Play!

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

There are interactive games for everyone at Hardwick’s bigger and better Summer of Play!

Take a trip back in time to enjoy some Elizabethan themed entertainment activities, including: a chance to don a costume and showcase your favourite stories or moves in one of our stages, make a tune on our music station, or challenge a friend to a game of giant chess.

Engage with the natural world at the Nature Nook which will be a treat for the senses! From rustling up new recipes in our mud kitchen to what you can feel as you explore our new barefoot walk, there will be lots to explore, learn and discover.

For the more competitive kids, watch them compete in races, hurdles, football, tennis and badminton. Or why not set up an archery competition and see if you can find the next Robin Hood!

Let's not forget the little ones, the Tot’s Spot is a haven of soft play, bean bags, cushions and relaxed games, perfect for young families or siblings wanting to play together.

For a whole family adventure, pick up a nature journal with activities for each week of the holidays to enjoy at home, or when you come back for more fun with us at Hardwick.

For non-members of the National Trust, or visitors without a general admission ticket to the House and Gardens, the Wider Estate admission fees apply:

• Adult: £6.00

• Child: £3.00

• Family (2 adults, 2 children): £15.00

• Family (1 adult, 2 children): £9.00

Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank.

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Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Meeting point

The activity zones will be the North Orchard, please proceed to Visitor reception as normal and you’ll be directed on where to go.

What to bring and wear

The activity zones are all outdoors, please dress for the Great British weather! Wellies may be needed if visiting after heavy rainfall and suncream for those extra warm days.

Upcoming events

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Material Power: Let the textiles do the talking 

A celebration of tapestry, embroidery and appliqué. Discover how Bess of Hardwick’s exquisite textile collection tells her story.

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21 Jun to 3 Nov 2024
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11:00 to 15:30
+ 135 other dates or times
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'A Virtuous Woman' by Layla Khoo 

Reimagine the 'Lost Embroidery' at Hardwick Hall: Join Layla Khoo and stitch the fabric of modern virtue through creative participation.

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22 Jun to 3 Nov 2024
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11:00 to 15:30
+ 44 other dates or times
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The Three Inch Fools: The Secret Diary of Henry VIII 

Outdoor theatre at its finest with their brand new comedy – a mad-capped take on Britain’s most epic monarch, and those infamous wives.

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22 Jun to 23 Jun 2024
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19:00 to 21:30
+ 1 other date or time
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Rooftop tours 

Join our informative guides on an exclusive rooftop tour of Hardwick Hall and lookover the Derbyshire countryside from above.

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26 Jun to 31 Jul 2024
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11:00 to 12:30
+ 11 other dates or times